15th Annual Dayton Jewish International Film Festival Continues Through May 14, 2015

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The 15th Annual Dayton Jewish Film Festival will open at Cinemark @ The Greene 14 on Tuesday, April 21 at 7:15 p.m.

The festival (running from April 21 through May 14) will bring to Dayton and Yellow Springs the best in Jewish and Israeli cinema, including an international selection of feature and documentary films.

Festival venues include Cinemark @ The Greene 14, The Neon in downtown Dayton, The Air Force Museum Theatre and The Little Art Theatre in Yellow Springs.

Opening night (Tuesday, April 21, 7:15p.m.) at Cinemark @ The Greene 14 will feature The Jewish Cardinal (Feature, 90 min., French with English subtitles) sponsored by Morris Home Furnishings. The Jewish Cardinal is a powerful drama based on the amazing true story of Jean-Marie Lustiger, the son of Polish-Jewish immigrants, who maintained his cultural identity as a Jew even after converting to Catholicism at a young age, and later joining the priesthood. Quickly rising within the ranks of the Church, Lustiger was appointed Archbishop of Paris by Pope Jean Paul II – and found a new platform to celebrate his dual identity as a Catholic Jew, earning him both friends and enemies from both groups. When Carmelite nuns settle down to build a convent within the cursed walls of Auschwitz, Lustiger finds himself a mediator between the two communities – and may be forced at last to choose his side.

The 2015 line-up of ten films and eleven screenings includes American and foreign films. The festival spans genres from thriller to drama to documentary, and explores varied themes of injustice, love, war, politics, religion, and family relationships. This year, four of our films will have special guest speakers following their showings.

  • Tuesday, April 21 showing of The Jewish Cardinal sponsored by Morris Home Furnishings features Q & A with guest speakers Rabbi David Sofian, Senior Rabbi at Temple Israel and Brother Victor Forlani, Founding Director of the Center for Integration of Faith and Work at the University of Dayton.

  • Tuesday, April 28 showing of The Outrageous Sophie Tucker sponsored by James Free Jewelers & in partnership with Hadassah and featuring speaker Marshall Weiss, editor and publisher of The Dayton Jewish Observer.

  • Tuesday April 28 showing of 24 Days features a discussion with Assistant Professor of History and Affiliated Professor of Judaic Studies at the University of Cincinnati, Dr. Ethan Katz.

  • Thursday, April 30 screening of Above and Beyond, sponsored by Ryan Levin and the Levin Family Foundation is a partnership with Reel Stuff Aviation Resources and features a discussion with the film’s producer, Nancy Spielberg.

The Dayton Jewish International Film Festival is presented annually by the Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Greater Dayton. “On behalf of the Dayton Jewish Community Center, we are excited to bring an array of thought-provoking, captivating, and award-winning films to the community. Our festival allows participants to view excellent movies that might not otherwise make it to the Dayton area. We are thrilled to showcase these unique films; we have something for everyone.” says Jane Hochstein, director of the JCC.

The chairperson of this year’s festival, Brian O’Koon says, “The committee has worked very hard to bring to Dayton a diverse group of films that should cater to a variety of audiences. We have tried to find the best Jewish films available that cover a wide range of topics. We look forward to an exceptional festival and hope to see you at the movies!”

Season passes and group rates for single events are available in advance. For more information please call the JCC at 937-610-1555 or visit www.jewishdayton.org.

2015 Dayton Jewish International Film Festival Lineup

Tuesday, April 21 @ 7:15PM, Cinemark @ The Greene 14, Beavercreek

Opening Night – The Jewish Cardinal

Opening Night features Q&A with Rabbi David Sofian, Senior Rabbi at Temple Israel & Brother Victor Forlani, Founding Director of the Center for the Integration of Faith and Work at the University of Dayton. Opening Night Sponsor: Morris Home Furnishings

Single Tickets $9, Student Tickets $8, Season Pass $75 (includes all films)

Wednesday, April 22 @ 7pm, The Little Art Theatre, Yellow Springs

Run Boy Run

Single Tickets $9, Student Tickets $8, Season Pass $75 (includes all films)

Sunday, April 26 @ 3:10PM, The Neon, Dayton

70 Hester Street & The Sturgeon Queens

Film Sponsor: Dayton Gastroenterology, Inc.

Single Tickets $9, Student Tickets $8, Season Pass $75 (includes all films)

Sunday, April 26 @ 5PM, The Neon, Dayton

Zaytoun

Film Sponsor: Brady Ware & Company

Single Tickets $9, Student Tickets $8, Season Pass $75 (includes all films)

Tuesday, April 28, The Neon, Dayton

9:30AM Coffee, Film at 10AM

The Outrageous Sophie Tucker

Q&A with editor and publisher of The Dayton Jewish Observer, Marshall Weiss. Film Partner: Hadassah. Film Sponsor: James Free Jewelers

Single Tickets $9, Student Tickets $8, Season Pass $75 (includes all films)

Tuesday, April 28 @ 7:15PM, The Neon, Dayton

24 Days

VIOLENCE, MATURE AUDIENCES

Q&A with Dr. Ethan Katz, Assistant Professor of History and Affiliated Professor of Judaic Studies at the University of Cincinnati

Single Tickets $9, Student Tickets $8, Season Pass $75 (includes all films)

Thursday, April 30 @ 7PM, The Air Force Museum Theatre, Riverside

Above and Beyond

Q&A with producer Nancy Spielberg. Partner: Reel Stuff Aviation Resources, Distinguished Speaker Sponsor: Ryan Levin and the Levin Family Foundation

Single Tickets $9, Student Tickets $8, Season Pass $75 (includes all films)

Tuesday, May 5 @ 7PM, The Little Art Theatre, Yellow Springs

The Jewish Cardinal

Single Tickets $9, Student Tickets $8, Season Pass $75 (includes all films)

Wednesday, May 6 @ 7:15PM, The Neon, Dayton

Dancing in Jaffa

Film Sponsor: Washington-Centerville Public Library & Friends of Washington-Centerville Public Library

Single Tickets $9, Student Tickets $8, Season Pass $75 (includes all films)

Tuesday, May 12 @ 7:15PM, The Neon, Dayton

For A Woman

Film Sponsor: Square One Salon & Spa

Single Tickets $9, Student Tickets $8, Season Pass $75 (includes all films)

Thursday, May 14 @ 7:15PM, The Neon, Dayton

Run Boy Run

Closing Night Sponsor: Economy Linen & Towel Service, Inc.

Single Tickets $9, Student Tickets $8, Season Pass $75 (includes all films)

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